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View the latest post Serpentine belt conversion Crusader 350


I'm upgrading the alternators on my 1986 Carver 3807 with Crusader 350's to Balmar 120 amp models. As part of the upgrade I'm considering upgrading the belt system from a v-groove setup to a serpentine system. Does anyone have experience with this conversion?



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View the latest post Attachment(s) New and first time

We are first time boat owners and new to this Forum. We are in Phoenix Az and purchased a 1987 Carver Montego 2757. Looking forward to mingling and learning here.

Montego 2757.jpg


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View the latest post Attachment(s) Transporting a Carver 405 (370, 406) OTR

Hi, I have been looking for information regarding this very Carver 405 (370, 406) transport issue for a few months now, and haven't found much info on actual height, on the truck or what actually has to come off the top in order to transport these boats Over The Road.

So in the interest of information sharing, I'm going to share my upcoming project with you. The mission is to get a 1998 405 from Lake Travis in Texas, to My home marina in La Crosse Wisconsin, without busting the thing up.

The boat in question was purchased on June 7th on Lake Travis near Austin Texas, after I flew down personally for an inspection. BTW, Lake Travis and the boaters down that way were Wonderful!

No, I did not want to transport a 20',4" tall boat, 1100 miles as an experiment. I just kinda got picked up in the cyclone and have been unable to escape it since. Optimistically, it's about to peter out then let Me loose and this PITA is near over by July 20ish, at which time I plan to be sipping a cocktail on the aft deck of My new prize. Something about the "best laid plans of mice and men" comes to mind. We'll see.

I've hired a well known to Me, yacht transporter out of Hastings Minnesota, for the actual trucking. I have also contracted a well known (Not to Me) boat yard on Lake Travis to disassemble the boat in preparation for the transporter due to arrive at Lake Travis this July 15th. And travel lift the boat onto the trailer. Take boat to Wisconsin, when the boat arrives in La Crosse Wisconsin on July 17th, "God willin and the creek don't rise", I will reassemble said boat, drive it over to My slip and sip that cocktail. What could possibly go wrong?

Yes, it's taking everything I've got, to not get on a plane and help get this done exactly, how I want it done. Ahaha. As per the transporter, we're looking for 14', 2" on the lowboy made for transporting large boats. That means the cabin top will have to be completely bare. Now pacing back and forth, does breathing into a paper bag really help?

As your reward for reading thru that, I will post some boat porn
below. I love pictures, more coming. And I expect lots of chiming in here.

This is Our Victim.

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View the latest post Engine won't start in timing set up

I have a 1991 Carver aft cabin with twin 454 Crusaders. Starboard engine runs fine in "run mode". Wiring harness off distributor has run and time mode where you unplug the connector, rotate wire, replug in to time the engine. (Disables the distributor advance so you can time engine at correct RPM.) When I do this the engine will not start. When I switch back to run mode, starts right up. Not getting spark to plugs in time mode. I have checked all wiring and it appears too be fine. Any ideas what component is not functioning, not allowing to start engine in time mode?

Both engines have 850 hours, burn or leak no oil. Starboard engine uses a bit more fuel than port engine. All ignition wires, plugs, distributor cap, rotors replaced within the past 60 hours of operation.

Port engine, no problems, starts in "time" or "run' mode.

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View the latest post 396 Pounding at the aft end while moored

Hello All,
I have a 2004 396 (gas engines in case it matters). When I am anchored or moored in a way where waves or wakes come toward the aft end of the boat, they get trapped underneath the swim step and pound badly. It shakes the whole boat, and can make sleeping or even just sitting in a busy anchorage very uncomfortable. I have already gotten confirmation that this is not just on my boat. Has anyone found a solution to the problem? I would consider some sort of attached baffle or diverter, or even a hull modification if I knew it would solve the problem. I wonder if later models had any changes to the structure.

Thatch in Seattle

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View the latest post V drive alarm

I have a 1988 Carver Montego 3257. Can anyone tell
Me if my boat comes equipped with a low Fluid alarm or a low fluid light that comes in when my v drives are low on transmission fluid?

Thank you!

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View the latest post 396 a/c discharge problem?

I've been chasing an issue with water in my bilge that seems to point to my a/c units. In troubleshooting this problem I decided to verify the purpose of all of my above-waterline thru hull fittings (fittings shown in owners manual don't match actual). When I run my a/c units (separately), all three discharge water through the same three fittings. The three locations are port side forward, port side aft, and starboard side aft. Additionally, my aft shower sump also discharges through the same starboard location.

Hoping there's someone with a theory on how this can be.

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View the latest post 455 Carver fwd tank

Hi it looks like I have to replace the forward tank monitor system , where do I access the top of the tank ?

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View the latest post Attachment(s) Front cabin modified on 356

Every time we get bored, this is what happens :-D Latest change, we removed, or modified the bunk bed to this. Not quite sure why pictures are posting sideways though...

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View the latest post new Carver owners with a minor pre trip issue

Hello, my wife and I are the new owners of a 2003 466 we have just purchased in Sacramento Ca. We are currently waiting for the weather to be favorable to make the trip to our home port in San Diego.Yesterday I found the sump pump started running continuously. Today I changed the float switch and when I turned the breaker on it did the same thing, just runs until I trip the breaker. Looks like I will have some time before the weather changes enough to make the trip so I would like to resolve this before hand. Any ideas would be much appreciated.
Thanks Dennis

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